Proposal ties lawmaker pay to state unemployment figures
Their proposal says lawmakers salaries should be frozen for two years unless the economy improves and gives each lawmaker a $150 bump for in-district travel allowances. The 188 state lawmakers earn at least $43,000 a year, and those in leadership earn more.
Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller said the prospects were dim that lawmakers would support anything resembling a pay raise for in an election year as they furlough state workers.
“I’m confident they’ll reject it,” Miller told reporters this morning.
The proposal gives lawmakers a $2,000 pay bump Jan. 1, 2013 only if the number of people on the state unemployment figure drops to five percent or less. If that doesn’t happen their salaries remain frozen, but they have another chance for a raise in 2014 - again only unemployment gets to five percent.
Preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Maryland with an unemployment rate of 7.4 percent as of Nov. 2009.
The Sun’s Laura Smitherman has written about a separate commission that recommended a $10,000 pay raise for Gov. Martin O’Malley.